Redwood College promotes inclusive education with a focus on opportunities into work. We believe that every individual can be in employment. Our aim is to develop individuals who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by improving how these young people learn about themselves, the skills that are needed for life and the world of work.

Our staff team have been trained in systematic instruction, supported employment and we are members of BASE. Staff will access continuous professional development opportunities to ensure we are able to support individual needs. We are continuously building our networks to ensure the best support and opportunities are made available to students.

We focus on:
• Work experience and work placements
• Learner work preparation and career readiness
• Personal development leading to progression opportunities
• Supported internships and/or inclusive apprenticeships, further education and/or employment.
• Local employer engagement

Our aims are:

To support with bridging the gap between education and employment by developing a hub within the college that links to business and industry, embedding career vocational assessment and education.

To support achievement in Preparing for Adulthood. The key drivers include “Careers guidance and access for education and training providers” (Jan 2018). Working in partnership with yourselves, we offer a stable careers programme, learning from career and labour market information, addressing the needs of each student, linking curriculum learning to careers, ensuring encounters with employers and employees, experiences of workplaces, encounters with further and higher education and personal guidance (Gatsby benchmarks).

Our commitment to you:
• We provide an integrated provision that involves stakeholders, partners and the community.
• A choice of progression pathways.
• Maintain support across the life of the course or until the young person is established in the labour market.
• Ensure access to support and relevant developmental activities.
• Involve families in the transition.
• Provide encounters and experience with employers, working people and workplaces.
• Ensure career and employability learning and support continues in the workplace.

“My Future” Programme

Our college offers a clear progression pathway for all students.
Our school provision commences from year 10 to 11. “My Future” programme commences with building a vocational profile for every student with work experience, learners will continuously develop over the 2 years. The programme is day release, Year 10 Mondays or Tuesdays, Year 11 Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Please download our brochure for full information here

“My Choice” Programme

The college offers provision for post 16 opportunities for learners already in a post 16 setting across the locality. The employment and skills development of each learner will be extended further by offering blocks of curricula activity that rotate throughout the 3 years, so learners can roll in and out, gaining a variety of experience:

Please download our brochure for full information here

“My Career ” Programme

Our supported internship programme is carefully mapped to the individuals vocational profile. All learners will be able to choose their career pathway by this point, having experienced the variety of jobs available in our “my future and my choice” provision. The supported internship programme provides each learner with the opportunity to work for a length of time in a workplace with a job coach developing the key skills required with the view of securing a substantive post or developing the skills that employers require for job opportunities. Supported internships may then progress into paid employment or an inclusive apprenticeship on an apprentice wage. Where required, supported internships may continue to develop and achieve their Functional Skills in maths and English.

(for full information on supported internships, please click here)

Progression

Inclusive apprenticeships

Inclusive apprenticeships enable every learner to gain a relevant vocational qualification within their workplace, developing their skills and knowledge further whilst being paid. Each apprentice will have an individualised learning and support plan to ensure a successful learner journey, this may include increased support visits, a job coach, equipment to aid learning and skill development. Every individual is unique therefore each apprentice will have a bespoke plan to achieve.

Everyone aged 16 or over, entitled to live in England and who are no longer in full time education can apply to be an apprentice. Apprenticeships are open to those looking to enter the world of work or for those who are already in the workplace looking to upskill or retrain.

Please download our leaflet on inclusive apprenticeships here